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How to Turn Your Technology Initiatives into Educational Movements (WH335)

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Tuesday, June 28, 4:30–7:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 2

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Too often, technology is deployed in schools with little direction or planning, and many programs drift aimlessly because of it. Instead, you can attend this educational technology flight school. By strategically considering one crucial question and nine essential components, this workshop can help transform your technology initiatives into educational movements.

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Technology planning and evaluation
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Systemic improvement
Additional detail: Young Educator strand session

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Many of us know the story of Icarus, a young man who attempts to escape his island town by using wings his father made of wax. In the end, Icarus, despite his father’s warning, flew too close to the Sun, his wings melted, and he fell, drowning in the sea. A lot of technology initiatives in education are like these wings. Tools are deployed in schools with little direction or planning, and many programs drown because of it. It’s time for many of us to attend educational technology flight school… and this workshop aims to do just that. By strategically considering one crucial question and nine essential components, you can build wings that are refined by the Sun instead of destroyed. You can turn your technology initiative into an educational movement.

Join this award-winning duo as they bring dual considerations from both instructional and technological perspectives to technology initiatives. See why their multi-faceted Strategic Technology Initiative Matrix is guiding educational leadership teams to success in several schools... and how it can help you transform technology programs in your school or district, too!


1. Introduction (10 minutes).
2. Examination of Attendees' Current Technology Initiatives (15 minutes).
3. One Crucial Question (30 minutes).
4. 9 Essential Components, 3 in each of 3 categories: Technical, Pedagogical, and Organizational (90 minutes).
5. Putting All the Pieces Together (20 minutes).
6. Wrap-up, Q&A, and Evaluation (15 minutes).

Supporting research

“Framework for 21st Century Learning” by Partnership for 21st Century Skills,
“Meaningful Learning with Technology” by Jane Howland, David Jonassen, and Rose Marra

“Teaching for Understanding with Technology” by Martha Stone Wiske, Kristi Franz, and Lisa Breit

“Using Tablets to Teach for Understanding in the Sixth Grade Social Studies Classroom.” by Nancye Blair Black. Chapter in: Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. An, H., Alon, S. & Fuentes, D., Editors. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2014.

“Authentic Audiences: Overcoming the Myth of “When I Grow Up” by Nancye Blair Black,
LAUSD's iPad Problems Frustrate Those Involved In The $1 Billion Technology Project
Is Your Network Ready for the iPad?
“It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades” (Book) – Boni Hamilton; “…the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Thoughtfully planned, such lessons engage students to a higher degree than traditional teaching and lead to the development of 21st-century skills such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.” (p.19)

“Study: Young Kids Better with Tech than Life Skills” (article) - Larry Magid - - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.

“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – “The skills in high demand now are not exclusively reading, writing, and arithmetic. Magner's organization [Partnership for 21st Century Skills] says United States schools need to fuse the traditional three Rs with the four Cs--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation.”



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Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes holistic, technology-enriched pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her many honors. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader, won a PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and has been featured in magazines and books as well as on radio and television programs. Nancye brings captivating energy, experience and expertise to her keynotes, workshops and presentations. She is a contributing author of several books, including Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education and Tablets in K12 Education. She serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, is president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education and is founding president for the ISTE 3D Network.

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